CSA Week 1

Some new crops for us this year: escarole and celery.  These should be ready at a time when we felt like we needed more in the shares last year.  They are growing up quite nicely!

Some new crops for us this year: escarole and celery. These should be ready at a time when we felt like we needed a bit more in the shares last year. They are growing up quite nicely!

Hi all, Alli here.

What a very strange spring it has been!  With such a long winter and tons of snow on the ground, we had a slightly late start to our spring here.  After it had seemed like spring finally arrived, we moved almost straight into some weather that was so hot and dry, it could’ve been summer!  We were able to get most of our transplants in the ground quickly during this time and they started growing like crazy!  And then the cold snap came in late May (what?!? and only 44 degrees tomorrow night?!?), and frost warnings had us pulling out every piece of row-cover we own and blanketing the farm to protect all of these tender plants.  Luckily, we only saw minor frost damage on a few peppers and flowers, and they seem to have recovered quickly.
Tomatoes under row cover to protect them from the cold snap--and a cart full of row cover to be spread out all over the farm!

Tomatoes under row cover to protect them from the cold snap–and a cart full of row cover to be spread out all over the farm!

Many of our direct seeded greens were rather unhappy with the heat and lack of water and had pretty spotty germination.  To make up for that, we re-seeded a lot of things (arugula, radishes, hakurei turnips, etc), so we are expecting to have an abundance of them when they catch up by the 2nd or 3rd week of the CSA!  Luckily, we’ve actually been getting some rain lately, which has helped to reduce the stress on so many of the plants and allowed us to seed even more veggies.
We've had quite a few storms roll through this past week.  This one, in particular, looked quite threatening as it approached!

We’ve had quite a few storms roll through this past week. This one, in particular, looked quite threatening as it approached us by coming over this neighboring farm!

All that being said, we are so excited that it is time for the CSA pick ups to start again!  We’re so happy to have so many returning members to catch up with and a handful of new members to meet!  If you are a member, you already received an email from us a couple of days ago about pick-ups, but this is a reminder that they start tomorrow in Gardiner (2:30 to 7) and Wednesday in Garrison (4-7).  Bi-weekly egg shares will begin in Garrison this week and Gardiner next week.

Here’s what we are expecting to be in the first share:

Kale or collards (with quite a few varieties to choose from!)

Chard

Lettuce

Arugula

Broccoli Raab

Spring Garlic (use the entire plant–you can even cook up the leaves!)

As usual, we’ll see at harvest time if there’s enough of anything else ready to add in and, again, we expect quite a few other items to be ready by the 2nd and 3rd pick ups.

Happily growing, freshly weeded kale plants

Happily growing, freshly weeded kale plants

Please remember to bring your own bags, if at all possible!  We will have plastic bags available if you need them.  We will also put out some large ziploc-type bags if you need them–these are our favorite way to store pretty much all greens in the fridge, so feel free to use them (and re-use them for later pick ups!).  We find that greens stay fresher much longer if stored loose in these bags–removing all rubber bands prior to storage is also helpful.
A cabbage plant as it first starts to close in on itself.

A cabbage plant as it first starts to close in on itself–it’s even bigger now.  We’re growing a different variety this year, and we like the looks of it so far! 

Finally, although I’m sure most of you don’t need much inspiration for how to use spring garlic (also called green garlic if you want to look up more about it), I couldn’t resist these two recipes:

SPRING GARLIC PANCAKES

http://www.athoughtforfood.net/spring-garlic-pancakes/

And for those of you who get an egg share:

http://www.thecrepesofwrath.com/2013/05/01/spring-garlic-fried-eggs/

As for what to do with everything else….salads galore, of course!!

Happy eating everyone!  We can’t wait to see you all!

Basil waiting to  be planted.  We added in just a few plants of Thai, Purple, and Lemon basil (the tray on the left), so that you can occasionally use them for something other than pesto.

Basil waiting to be planted. We added in just a few plants of Thai, Purple, and Lemon basil (the tray on the left), so that you can occasionally use them for something other than pesto.

Tomatoes planted on their sides so that their long stems can send out some amazing roots.  We can't wait until until tomato season!!

Tomatoes planted on their sides so that their long stems can send out some amazing roots. We can’t wait until until tomato season!!

All the basil and celeriac, glad to be in the ground.

All the basil and celeriac, glad to be in the ground (next to some giant kale plants under row cover).

Gardiner members--be on the lookout for the new calves running around the farm!

Gardiner members:  be on the lookout for the new calves running around the farm!

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3 responses to “CSA Week 1

  1. Heather

    Let the good times roll, ladies. Year 2 will be even better! So happy for your growth. Literally and figuratively. Wish I could get some of that broccoli raab…

  2. Jim Alba

    Thank you Allie and Alison for the “intimate” perspective on the vitality and well-being of our CSA. It certainly deepens my respect & appreciation for the on-the-fly adjustments you both have needed to make as the weather’s pendulum arc swings [sometimes wildly] from dry to wet to hot to cold. Darshano & I feel like we are in very good hands with your attentive care.

    Thank you both!

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